Ensure safety of kids (even in pregnancy) and pets
Ensure bait is secured within our tamper proof boxes, so it can't fall out even if picked up and shaken
Use bait that allows time for cockroaches to die in their nests, rather than all over your kitchen floor
Are up to date with latest industry advancements
Leave your home the way we found it
Maxwell Robinson & Phelps are Perth's cockroach pest control experts and the only pest control company you should trust to be applying cockroach bait around your home.
Through the latest advancements in cockroach pest control techniques, we're able to strategically place chemicals to be more effective and eliminating cockroaches whilst using significantly bait.
Everything we do is controlled and safe. Trust Maxwell Robinson & Phelps for family and pet friendly cockroach pest control that is also kind to the environment.
Cockroaches are primitive and highly successful insects having changed very little over the past 300 million years. Cockroaches are well adapted to human habitations and present in most human communities around the world.
Cockroaches are a health hazard
They are known as pest insects because they cohabit with human in dwellings, especially in kitchens, where some species can carry disease organisms like Salmonella, which may cause gastroenteritis, dysentery, tuberculosis, hepatitis, typhoid fever and many other human disorders.
Cockroaches can also carry viruses and eggs of worm parasites. The health threat posed by cockroach populations closely cohabiting with humans justifies their control in premises.
Cockroaches reproduce rapidly
After mating, the cockroach can produce between 12 and 40 eggs in a purse shaped egg case; this can be glued to a surface and left dropped prior to hatching. They can live for over a year and female cockroach can produce up to 1200 eggs during her adult life.
The longer a cockroach infestation is untreated, the worse it is going to get. Cockroach treatment should be in place as soon as a single cockroach is discovered.
Can I get rid of Cockroaches myself?
Firstly, we recommend cutting off the food source that the cockroaches have come into your house for. Ensure containers are properly sealed and plates/benchtops are not left out with food residue.
There is no shortage of DIY cockroach control products on supermarket shelves.
Usually people will call us after they've spent a lot of money on baits and found that they didn't eliminate the problem. Do you know where to put the baits? Do you know what everyday products used around the house will render these baits ineffective?
The worst case we've had was a client who spent over $500 over twelve months on over-the-counter products. We killed over 1,000 cockroaches, and this was after they used a lot of over-the-counter bait.
Give the DIY products a go if you feel your infestation is small, but if the problem is recurring then give us a call or fill out the form on the right (desktop) or below (mobile).
If you’re after more information on cockroaches, we’ve answered a few commonly asked questions below.
Types of Cockroaches
The body of an adult German cockroach is about 12mm long. It is beige to light brown in colour, with two dark stripes on the back of its head. It is the most widespread and successful cockroach and is commonly found in homes, apartments, restaurants, food processing plants, supermarkets and warehouses.
The German cockroach seeks warm moist conditions with easy access to foods. They like to hide during the day in dark secure places, usually in harbourage areas near sinks, dishwashers, cracks and crevices in the pantry, kitchen and bathrooms cupboards, under electrical heating and cooking appliances and inside wall cavities or behind skirting boards . They can often be seen on the undersides of drawers or bench tops.
The American Cockroach is the largest of the cockroach pest species. Its adult body is 20 to 50mm in length and is reddish-brown with a yellowish band behind the head. It lives in warm, moist, dark conditions – indoors in colder regions, but mainly outdoors in warmer regions. Its preferred daytime habitats are the warm, dark, moist locations associated with sewers, cavity walls, roof and sub floor voids. They often congregate around hot water pipes, fridge motors, boilers and other heating appliances.
The female lifespan is up to two years; under ideal conditions they quickly reach plague proportions. An adult without food or a water source may survive for about two to three months.
Native Australian Black Cockroach – Black with a white margin and grows to 35mm in length
Brown Banded Cockroach – Pale brown with very pale bands across the thorax and abdomen.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cockroach Pest Control
“Will I have to empty my cupboards?”
This will depend on the species of cockroach infesting your home as well as the amount of cockroaches you have. There are numerous products available for treating cockroaches ranging from airborne fumigants or pest bomb to a localized gel. The chemical sprays that we use in food preparation areas will require you to empty the cupboards. Sprays usually have quicker results, so if possible, emptying your cupboards prior to our arrival will save time and give you the best result.
“What if I am pregnant and we have a bad cockroach infestation?”
There are a couple of options available to you. We can treat your home with products which only last for four to six hours and give excellent results. After this time, there is no chemical residue left as it is biodegradable, and breaks down very quickly. When pregnant, we always recommend that you leave the home for a period of at least 24 hours. This is for your safety, as your safety is our greatest concern. Alternatively we can place a cockroach gel in the cracks and crevices around the area that the cockroaches are inhabiting. Without any airborne chemicals, there is no health risk to you or your baby. However, the gel works by attracting the cockroach to the bait source and then, when they consume the bait the cockroach dies. In our experience, this method of treatment usually only works with small infestations.